Here is a great example of one of my colleagues not taking life too seriously as evidenced by his out-of-office auto-reply. Imagine he has fun writing replies like this, and I thoroughly enjoy reading them.
I’m out of the office until February 6th, but I don’t want to leave you anxiously awaiting answers until I return. So please check the appropriate response to your email, and know that whichever response you choose, I mean it sincerely.
[ ] You’re right, that behavior is completely unacceptable! I’ll talk to him/her/them/it today.
[ ] Ha ha ha! I haven’t seen that video before. Seriously, where do people find time to train cats to do that?!?
[ ] What do you mean, “Are you just hiding under your desk sniffing Liquid Paper?” What kind of accusation is that? I really AM out of the office. Call my coworker Sam at 312-XXX-XXXX. She’ll totally back me up.
[ ] That’s great to hear. Congratulations – that recognition is long overdue.
[ ] I’m so sorry to hear. Clearly, you were rooked by simpletons who can’t appreciate your depth.
[ ] Yes, we do have a couple open positions. I’d call Kristen. I think there’s a writer slot, and a couple digital designer positions as well.
[ ] That’s an incredibly thoughtful offer, but we couldn’t possibly adopt another child.
[ ] Thank you for inviting me to your meeting. Will there be cookies?
[ ] I am greatly disappointed to hear your meeting was cancelled. If it’s ok with you, I’m just going to use the time to proactively think about your project.
[ ] I really want to help, but I don’t have that kind of money on me. Did you ask the Nigerian government why you have to make a deposit before you receive your inheritance?
[ ] Those revisions would really neuter the idea. You didn’t really mean that, did you?
[ ] That feedback makes the work even better – thanks for offering it.
[ ] There will be approximately 11 of us.
[ ] Thanks for your delightful communique. You’re always so witty. Certainly much wittier than your sister. I guess maybe it’s because of your sense of humor that I’ve always secretly loved you more.